(2001)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

Based on 31 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Chicago Sun-Times
I have seen Waking Life three times now. I want to see it again -- not to master it, or even to remember it better, -- but simply to experience all of these ideas, all of this passion, the very act of trying to figure things out.
100
Entertainment Weekly
An amazing thing -- a work of cinematic art in which form and structure pursues the logic-defying (parallel) subjects of dreaming and moviegoing.
100
Boston Globe
Intriguing, arresting, delightfully refusing to be pigeonholed.
100
The film is truly special, truly different -- a wondrous talky roundelay about and for people who love life.
100
Baltimore Sun
A beautiful display of celluloid bungee-jumping.
90
Rolling Stone
That Linklater pulls off the innovative feat with hypnotic assurance is nothing short of amazing.
88
Philadelphia Inquirer
A smart, sensuous and sensory mind trip that caroms around a universe of thought.
88
New York Daily News
Linklater's ravishing new movie represents a bold leap into the possibilities of technology.
75
Few American filmmakers put more faith in the ability of words to stimulate mind and heart.
75
Miami Herald
Might have been unbearable if Linklater hadn't filled it with so much self-deprecating humor, undercutting the pretentiousness whenever it threatens to become too thick.
50
Leaves an impression, while its specifics fade almost immediately.

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